Wearables and health trackers, in particular, are experiencing a transitional market shift in 2016. Two years ago the wearable technology shaped the trend for health tracking devices (smartwatches and bands) and is showing significant growth in offering more functionality.
The new Microsoft Band 2 combines the features of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch and is a device that offers much of what the Apple Watch and Fitbit do together.
Health tracking wearables generate valuable data and provide access to it in real time. Microsoft Band lets you track your heart rate at different times of the day and night, provides information on activities taken during the day (the number of steps taken, amount of calories burned and fitness exercising progress). The Microsoft Band 2 also measures the quality of the night sleep and differentiates light, deep and restful sleep.
At the same time, the Microsoft Band performs functions of a smartwatch by sending notifications about activities that are important for a user (previewing email, calendar reminders, text messages, and social media messages).
The Microsoft Band is equipped with 10 sensors and a microphone. Some data can be received directly through the device (heart rate, GPS and UV alarm sensor to avoid sunburn). Other sensor components help detect and track such activities as fitness training. The band’s cloud service gathers information and then uses a machine learning algorithm to deliver data analysis through a mobile app or the Microsoft Health website.
The Microsoft Health website provides a deep data analysis. The website provides extensive explanations as to the data that the Band generates.
Microsoft Band is cross-compatible and can be coordinated with Android phones, iPhones, Windows phones, laptop computers and tablets. Windows phone users have also access to voice control through Cortana.
Real-time data generated by the Microsoft Band can be further used through the Microsoft Health Cloud API to create an enhanced user experience. With the help of the Microsoft Band’s API it is possible to create an app that directs UI data to the wearable device when a user is busy or obtain health-related information from the sensors on the band for personalized experience.